Review: The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Jennifer Appel

Title: The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

Author: Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey

Publishing Information: November 3, 1999 by Simon & Schuster

Genre: Cookbook

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages

Source: Borrowed from my local library

Recommended For:  Anyone who enjoys baking or eating delicious treats!


Sometimes, I do things besides read and blog, like bake! Though sometimes that baking experience is so delicious and amazingly enough can be rerouted back again to blogging so here we are. 

A few weeks ago, I checked out The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook from my local library. I don’t know if any of you have ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC (or heard about it on Sex and the City), but let me tell you, the treats there are DELICIOUS. The best part (for lazy Alyssa) is the fact that they are now also located in Grand Central Station! This obviously means that every time I step foot in Grand Central I must buy something (see: cupcakes) and all three days that my aunt and I were in NYC for BEA resulted in A LOT of Magnolia Bakery purchases.

I have to be honest and tell you that although I enjoy baking and have made a plethora of breads and cookies from scratch; I have yet to try cakes or frosting! I was so excited and also quite nervous to try these recipes for the first time, but overall I think they were a success, at least, no one became sick and I heard lots of yummy noises!

My first attempt was the Devil’s Food Cake (except I made cupcakes) with Mocha Buttercream Frosting and let me tell you, they were delicious! I have now made these for multiple parties – including a luau bridal shower – and everyone raves about them. The frosting is especially a hit for both lovers and non-lovers of coffee (or espresso) and I’ll tell you a secret – I’ve even plastered it on top of a cake made from a box recipe, blasphemous, I KNOW, but it even enhances the most boring cupcake recipe.

I checked this book out before purchasing it because some of the reviews made me wary. I am thrilled to say that I will definitely be purchasing this cookbook very soon and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn some secrets of the perfection that is Magnolia Bakery. Yum!

2 thoughts on “Review: The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Jennifer Appel

  1. Hehe, I love how obsessed you are with this bakery. I suppose, never having been there, I can hardly judge–because those cupcakes you made look freaking amazing. Totally hungry now, and my box brownies are looking pretty sad.

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